Nehemiah 2:4–5 (NIV84) The king said to me, “What is it you want?” Then I prayed to the God of heaven, 5 and I answered the king, “If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my fathers are buried so that I can rebuild it.”


The content emphasizes the importance of praying first in various situations, using Nehemiah’s example from the Bible. Nehemiah consistently turned to God in prayer before responding to challenges, demonstrating the significance of seeking God’s guidance and wisdom. The text highlights that praying first is an act of humility, an invitation for manifestation, and a way to align oneself with God’s promises. It warns against relying on personal strength and encourages believers to prioritize prayer before taking action.


A. Nehemiah was the “Praying Prophet”

B. At every situation, Nehemiah’s first act was passionate prayer

C. He did not allow overwhelming circumstances to alter his method of Praying First

D. When we respond to our situations before we pray, we act in our own strength and wisdom

E. Believers take too many problems into their own hands before they pray

F. The person you speak to first when you have an issue, assumes the God position in your life

G. Passionate Prayer places you in a Grace Space

H. Passionate Prayer is an Invitation for Manifestation

I. Even when we are faced with great opportunities, we must learn to Pray First before making a decision

J. Praying First is an act of humility; it is an acknowledgment that you have passion for God’s Promises

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Dr. Bryant Bell